MDC invites the public to explore reptiles at Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area Aug. 10

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St. CHARLES, Mo.—Exploring a creature’s habitat is as important as learning about the animal itself. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites anyone interested in reptiles to look for them where they live during the Reptiles of the Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area program this Saturday, Aug. 10 from 8-11 a.m. This free program will be led by MDC naturalists and will help participants discover these fascinating creatures first hand, along with the environment they call home.

Participants will go on a two and-a-half mile hike on the levees at Marais Temps Clair to view reptiles and other native wildlife of this marsh. Learn the identifying characteristics of the native turtles and snakes that live there and view them through spotting scopes. There’s even a good chance for some up close and personal encounters. Attendees should bring water, a hat and sunscreen for sun protection, sunglasses, bug spray, and good, supportive closed toe shoes for walking on even ground.

The name Marais Temps Clair is French for “fair weather marsh”. The 918-acre area is in the Missouri River floodplain of eastern St. Charles County, and serves as a resting and feeding place for many waterfowl. It also supports a diverse array of mammals, amphibians, fish, and reptiles.

The Reptiles of the Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area is a free program, but advanced online registration is required at

The program will meet at the conservation area’s main parking lot at 4827 Island Road in St. Charles.